Severn Pathology


A collaboration between North Bristol Trust, Public Health England and University Hospital Bristol, has unified and reinforced the various Pathology services for the South West of England into a new facility in Bristol.  The project included the construction of a new building, connected into 3000m2 of reconfigured laboratories within Brunel (ex Southmead) Hospital’s live Pathology building.  This was built to an Avanti Architect’s masterplan alongside the Learning and Research Building


Brendan Hanrahan, Pathology Project Manager, North Bristol NHS Trust

Pathology is critical to patient care with 70-80% of all diagnosis being linked to pathology. The new facilities at Southmead Hospital accommodate all mainstream pathology services as well as the Bristol Genetics Laboratory other specialist functions.  The design, which links the buildings at all levels, facilitates the delivery of these services in a fully integrated pathology model, the first of its kind in the UK where services are connected based on common technologies rather than traditional discipline barriers. The facilities include a Telelift system, horizontal rail based technology allowing patient samples to be conveyed to laboratories from a central booking in and reception area.

Spread over 10500m2 the buildings contain a mixture of category 2 and category 3 laboratories, open plan offices, cellular reporting rooms and support facilities accommodating over 650 staff to deliver Local, Regional, National and International pathology services.

Large open plan laboratories are deployed to facilitate maximum flexibility and lean workflow with specialist cellular laboratories provided where required.  The buildings house specialist equipment and large automated platforms for high throughput services facilitating the delivery of pathology services in some of the best pathology facilities in the country.

Use of curtain walls and atria ensure the buildings have a light and airy feel providing an excellent environment for staff and promoting wellbeing. This is further enhanced through the use of colour with feature walls, coloured glazing and a public art strategy adding to the quality of the environment.


Bristol, Complete, Education, Estate Planning, Further & Higher Education, Health & Life Sciences, Learning & Research, Life Sciences, New Build, Refurbishment, Severn Pathology, Southmead Hospital Campus, UK, University of Bristol, Urswick School, Walworth Town Hall, Wayfinding & Branding,

Location Bristol, UK

Area 10,500m²

Status Complete

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